Dynamic vs Static Stretching for beach volleyball.

Dynamic Stretching vs Static Stretching for Beach Volleyball

Dynamic Stretching vs Static Stretching for Beach Volleyball

Playing beach volleyball well means being able to move around a lot. Beach volleyball isn’t exactly a simple game to play. With a lot of quick movement, sudden stopping, jumping, and turning on a dime, beach volleyball makes a lot of demands on your body.

Because of this, it’s important that your muscles are ready for an extended and extensive workout. In our last blog, the City Beach team talked about why stretching is important. In this follow-up entry, we’re going to look in more detail about the types of stretching you can do: dynamic and static. Is one better than the other for beach volleyball? Keep reading to find out more.

What Is Dynamic Stretching?

Dynamic stretching is any kind of stretching exercise that involves more movement. Examples of dynamic stretching include lunges, trunk rotations, leg swings, arm circles to name just a few.

Dynamic stretches use more than one focused muscle group, instead engaging multiple muscle groups or a full range of motion. Dynamic stretching usually serves as a lighter version of the kind of work your muscles do during more intensive exercise, and it serves as a warm-up or cool-down from it.

What Is Static Stretching?

Static stretching is far more focused than dynamic stretching, and it tends to be less active overall. Examples of static stretches include hamstring stretches, calf stretches, toe-touching and others that focus on stretching a particular muscle group—usually for a specified period of time.

Which Is Better Suited to Volleyball?

There’s some significant debate around which kind of stretching is more beneficial. Ultimately, it depends on what you’re doing it for. For beach volleyball, dynamic stretching before you play is likely going to do more for your performance, as it does more to limber up your whole body and increase blood flow, without over-taxing your muscles. Static stretching is still a reliable way to reduce potential aches, pains or swelling after playing, not to mention as a form of relaxation off the court.

It’s important to remember that everyone’s body is different, so the most beneficial form of warm-up and cool-down exercises might vary for you. A good coach or fitness instructor will help you find the ideal way to prepare your body for volleyball and help it recover afterward.

Contact Us About Beach Volleyball Clinics, Tournaments and More

Stretching is just one part of being ready to be part of a volleyball team, but it’s an important one. If you’re ready to get started, contact City Beach about volleyball training, clinics and tournaments today. We’ll work with you to develop your volleyball skills, help you focus, and prepare you to be part of a team. City Beach also offers packages for parties and unique corporate team building events.

Volleyball clinic advice for stretching.

Volleyball Clinic Advice: Importance of Stretching

Volleyball Clinic Advice: Why Stretching Is Important

If you’re thinking about signing up for one of the volleyball clinics at City Beach, you can be sure that our professional coaches will be prepared to teach you the basics from the ground up. Our volleyball clinics and training programs allow you to get a feel for City Beach volleyball, from play styles to the facility and courts.

But, there are a few fitness tips that are useful to go in already knowing—like just how important it is to stretch properly. Although you hear about the importance of proper stretching all the time, a surprising number of casual or aspiring athletes still neglect to do it properly.

Before you start your first volleyball clinic at City Beach, take some time to read about why proper stretching really matters.

Avoiding Aches and Pains

Exercising without stretching before and afterward puts excess tension on your muscles. This is going to result in residual pain the following day, possibly for multiple days depending on your usual level of exercise. You’re also more likely to experience severe cramping.

Reducing the Chances of Injury

Due to the reduction of stress put on the muscles, stretching can also reduce your risk of injury. While it doesn’t guarantee that you won’t be injured, it definitely cuts your chances. Stiff or unprepared muscles are more susceptible to straining or even tearing, which is a severe injury. Not stretching also reduces your range of motion, giving you less precise control of your own movements while you’re exercising.

Improving Performance

Speaking of your range of motion, stretching can also help to improve your performance. Preparing your body beforehand, and showing it some extra care afterward, allows your muscles to properly adapt and recover. Increased flexibility and relaxation of muscles means better control, agility, and strength.

Adding to Your Overall Health

If you hadn’t guessed it already, the benefits of stretching are also great outside of a volleyball clinic. Improved mobility and muscular control also help your overall physical health. Not only that, but focused stretching exercises can also help reduce stress and improve your ability to relax and focus mentally. Ever wonder why Yoga is so persistently popular? The focused stretching it involves helps with both physical and mental health.

Start Your Volleyball Clinic Training

If you’re ready to get started, contact our volleyball training team about our volleyball clinics today. City Beach is dedicated to the development of every player, from novice to professional, and we’ll help you hone your skills on the court. We also offer packages for parties and corporate team building events at our volleyball center.

Volleyball training and college scholarships.

How Volleyball Training Can Help You Get a College Scholarship

How Volleyball Training Could Help You Get a Scholarship

Extracurricular athletics and sports are a great way to open up all kinds of opportunities early in your educational career. While football is the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions a sports-related scholarship, there are a variety of other options. Did you know that volleyball training could lead to a scholarship? At City Beach, we know that the benefits of volleyball training can go far beyond the court. In this blog, we’re going to look at how volleyball training can help you secure a scholarship.

Athletics and Academics

One of the most important parts of gaining a scholarship based on sports is your performance—both athletically and academically. To win the approval of a college offering scholarships, you need to prove your dedication to your education, as well as to the sport you’re passionate about.

Because it’s an intense team sport, volleyball can demonstrate that exact dedication they’re looking for. Great volleyball training leads to great playing, giving you the chance to show that you’re worth the investment of a scholarship. It will also help to teach you the focus and self-discipline you need to keep your grades up.

Skills to Focus On

If you’re hoping to gain a scholarship through volleyball, there are a few key skills you should look to develop through volleyball training.

Strength and Power

The strength and power you’re able to produce during a game are vital. Making passes and driving or spiking the ball, defensive plays, blocking and being able to move quickly from a standing position all require precise and powerful movement. When you train, focus on developing your strength—cardio fitness will come with it naturally over time.

Working on Vertical Skill

If you play a front position, then you should focus on your reach. College coaches are typically looking for players who can hit high while still maintaining the power and precision mentioned above.

Keep Playing

It might seem like an obvious thing to say, but the more you play, the better you’ll be. Regular volleyball training and taking part in competitive games and tournaments will allow you to continually hone your skills. Just remember not to compromise your academic pursuits for the sake of volleyball.

Think About The School You Choose

Lastly, the City Beach team advises that you think hard about the school you choose if you’re offered more than one opportunity for a scholarship. Remember that your college education is important, so you need to balance the appeal of your athletic opportunities with the quality of education or degree you’ll get.

Contact Us About Volleyball Training

If you’re looking ahead to getting a scholarship and you have a passion for volleyball, contact us about our volleyball clinics and other training programs today. Our dedicated coaches and teams can help you develop the skills you need that’ll benefit you both on and off the court. City Beach also offers packages for parties and corporate team building events, along with much more.

City Beach on finding training shoes.

City Beach Explains the Importance of the Right Shoes

City Beach on the Right Shoes

City Beach is dedicated to the development of all our volleyball players. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced player, you’ll find the experience you’re looking for at City Beach. We offer free play, tournaments, and volleyball clinics to help you hone your skills, along with professional advice from experienced players.

With the experience we have, the City Beach team is well aware of how important it is to have the right equipment — especially the right shoes. In this blog, we’re discussing why having the right shoes for your volleyball training is absolutely vital, and offer some tips on finding the perfect fit.

Are Running Shoes Right for Volleyball Training?

If you’re new to volleyball—or to fitness training in general—you’d be forgiven for assuming that there’s only one kind of athletic shoe. In reality, there is a huge, often overwhelming variety of shoes designed for all kinds of different activities.

While running shoes tend to be the standard for many people, they are typically designed for just that—running. Most running shoes are made to withstand running for a long time in a straight line. Playing volleyball is very different.

When you play volleyball, you’re moving quickly, all over the court, frequently jumping and making sudden turns. Many running and trail-running shoes simply aren’t designed for this kind of activity.

Other Athletic Options

While it might be harder to find athletic shoes labeled specifically for volleyball, just searching for “volleyball shoes” online will bring up countless results and recommendations. Most major manufacturers make training shoes for more diverse activities than running that are ideal for volleyball. The real challenge comes not from finding the right shoes for volleyball generally, but specifically the right ones for you.

Shopping for Shoes

Before you go shopping for volleyball shoes, City Beach has a few basic tips for you. First, try to shop toward the end of the day. Our feet typically swell throughout the day from walking around, and the same happens when you exercise. Shopping later in the day means your shoes will maintain a comfortable feel through a whole game or training session.

Wear the right socks. This second tip is important because the type of socks you wear can change how shoes feel. Wear socks that you’re likely to wear during volleyball games or training sessions to get an accurate idea of how the shoes feel.

Know your feet. One of the best ways to get the right shoes for fitness is to know the shape of your feet. Are your arches high, medium or low? Where do you tend to put your weight when you stand, walk, or run? Do you have any specific, persistent issues, aches or pains? Think about the position you play and your style of play too.

When it comes to trying shoes on, you should look for some key signs that you’ve found the right fit. Avoid thinking with a “breaking in” mentality. While shoes certainly change their shape and feel through use, this doesn’t mean you should put up with uncomfortable shoes until they wear in. Your volleyball shoes should be comfortable from the beginning to help avoid injuries or painful wear on your body such as blisters.

Remember that, as with any clothing, different shoe manufacturers will size their shoes differently. Don’t just rely on the numbers! Get a real feel for how a shoe fits, make sure you have space to wiggle your toes while the shoe still feels snug overall.

The Most Important Features for Volleyball

When it comes to finding the right volleyball shoes, remember the most important factors:

  • Good grip
  • Considerable cushion
  • Stability on all sides

Find shoes with these three factors that are comfortable and lightweight, and you’re ready to take to the court.

Start Your Training at City Beach

With this info and advice, you should be able to find the perfect shoes for volleyball training. Your next step is to contact City Beach to find out more about our volleyball clinics, volleyball tournaments and all the amenities we have available. Don’t forget that we also offer great team building and event opportunities. Take a look at all the facilities available and start your training with us today.